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Around Scotland, Perth is known as the Fair City, and once you’ve spent a few days there it’s easy to see why. Clustered on the scenic banks of the River Tay, and home to historic buildings, rolling green park areas and numerous galleries, restaurants and appealing tourist attractions, Perth is a city that makes for a perfect sightseeing holiday.
Perth is a very easy city to get in and out of. The centre, which lies on the eastern banks of the Tay, is home to a railway station, around an hour from both Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street. The city is also accessible by four main roads, including the M90 and the A9. If you aren’t bringing your own car into the city, you can hire one at a car rental shop in Perth. There are several car hire locations around the city, with some particularly handy spots near to the railway station. Though Perth is not huge, renting a car will give you the freedom to explore the outer areas of the city, and nearby attractions such as Scone Palace.
One of the major attractions in the centre of Perth is St John’s Kirk, a church founded in 1126. With its formidable stone structure, unique broach spire, and rich history (Protestant reformer John Knox gave a famously inflammatory sermon here in 1559), it’s an appealing starting point for many tourists coming into Perth for the first time. Not far from St John’s Kirk lie two contrasting art galleries: to the south, the Fergusson Gallery and to the north, the Perth Museum & Art Gallery. Other attractions in the centre include the Perth Concert Hall, St John’s Shopping Centre, Perth Leisure Pool and South Inch park.
There are plenty of fun activities to be enjoyed a little outside of the centre of Perth. Willowgate Trout & Salmon Fishery is a ten-minute car journey from the centre of town and offers excellent fishing and wildlife-spotting opportunities. Keen golfers can park off Shore Road and take the public walkway across to the historic King James VI Golf Course, located uniquely on a large island in the River Tay. Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park, located on the eastern side of the river, is an expansive natural area, perfect for long walks, picnics and adventuring, while the Black Watch Castle & Museum is just a short drive north of the centre, offering family-friendly fun and lots of photo opportunities.
One of the finest historic spots in the area is Scone Palace. Originally constructed in 1580, the palace was rebuilt in the Georgian era as a luxury mansion. Surrounded by 100 acres of well-kept grounds, and open as a luxury 5 star resort as well as a tourist attraction, Scone Palace is the perfect destination for a fun family day-trip, or even a long weekend. It’s also easily accessed by car; only a 15 minute drive from the centre of Perth on the A93 and Queen’s Drive.
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